Do You Idolise Spiritual Teachers?

There comes a time when you have to step away from other people’s legacy, and start building your own.

It took a lot of courage to write about this subject, but I knew I had to when it started interfering with my work, and my promise to serve you in the highest way possible.

I was recently awakened to the fact that I idolize Spiritual Teachers. While in a networking event with several popular self-help authors, I found myself putting on an act with the aim of gaining their approval and acknowledgment. Rather than engaging in a natural, sociable way, I was making compliments about their work, asking “smart” questions, and trying to impress them by imposing my own work and theories on them.

Thankfully, my ego act backfired when my desperate attempt to be noticed by one of my favourite spiritual teachers, if not my favourite one, was completely sabotaged.

Own Your Message

That’s when it hit me: By requiring his approval and validation, I was diminishing the power and authenticity of my message.

My neediness gave this person the power to direct the impact of my message, since owning it fully meant that I needed to have someone else validating it. The extent to which I could be and teach my message effectively was dependent on other people’s approval. This wasn’t only a disservice to me, it was also a disservice to you who spend time reading this article and expect me to own what I preach unapologetically!

Additionally, by not fully owning and vibrating my message, I emitted a sense of doubt and unworthiness. Since life always mirrors what you believe about yourself, my mixed vibration was preventing life from showing up for me in a bigger way, and getting my message to all those who can benefit from it.

Build Your Own Legacy

When I got back home that night, I fell on my knees in front of my altar and made a pact with myself. I promised myself that rather than trying to get my message validated by the spiritual teachers I follow and admire, I will instead be my message and let the impact of it be all the validation I need. I also promised myself that I would detox from reading other teachers’ work for a while, and give my own work permission to grow authentically, with no external influences.

As I blew off the candle on my altar and got ready to go to bed, I heard my Angels whisper words of agreement: There comes a time when you have to step away from other people’s legacy, and start building your own.

Do you idolize spiritual teachers? Let me know in the comments below.


  • George, well done for being so brave and writing this. Be the message….that’s so inspiring x

    • YES! Thank you, Tahira. I’ve found that when we BE our message unapologetically, the Universe will reorganise itself to serve us in the highest way possible. x

  • George – YES. YES. YES!
    I LOVE everything about what you’ve shared here and I hear you SO loud. Thanks for being vulnerable and sharing this, your story is my story – it’s everyone’s story.
    Build your own legacy, I LOVE that.

    • Thank you, Lisa. I’m happy that this resonated with you; I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one facing such a challenge. It’s time for all of us to own our authenticity and let it guide the way. Lots of love, G. x

  • Yes! I’ve done this!! Love the honesty of this post George

    • Aah the ego. It creates so much trouble, but gives us something to keep life interesting. Thank you for reading Sinead. It’d great to hear from you! 🙂

  • Mel

    George – ALL THE LOVE for this post. You are so right. And guess what, this won’t come as a shock but I have totally been there! Not so much trying to impress but rather getting SO fixated on making sure they understand my message (and validate it) that I literally get nervous and end up fluffing my words! Because it means that much to me! Really the only person we need validation from is ourselves…loud and clear baby! Big hugs xxx

    • I hear you! Practicing your pitch over and over again, and trying to fit too many words in a 30-second conversation – been there. I have a feeling that when we let go of this neediness, we’re going to be the ones getting these pitches from others. 🙂

  • Hi
    What a great step fwd you have made. Your description of your behaviour at the event resonated with me.
    “Let the impact of it be all the validation I need”, so true but often so hard.
    Good luck on your journey and I’m glad I’ve found your site, really interesting.

    • Hi Indigo, and thank you for your comment. It humbles me to see so many people resonating with this article. It shows how many of us, if not all of us, are teachers at heart and want to get our message our there. Sending you lots of love for your journey. George. x

  • Thanks for an honest and truthful post! Like it so much and added to bookmark.Keep up with good work .

    • Thanks for stopping by, Urius. I’m glad you resonated with this article. I have a motto: Be real or go home. I believe it’s very important to be authentic, both to others and to yourself. I hope that by sharing my vulnerability I can also give others permission to share theirs. Have a beautiful day, George.

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